Double-roux shrimp and sausage gumbo made with smoked andouille sausage, shrimp, a dark roux and a lighter roux for added flavor, diced green pepper, celery, onion, okra, and tomato in a Creole seasoned chicken broth served over rice.
What is gumbo?
In the simplest terms, gumbo is a spicy, flavorful stew of meats and vegetables. Gumbo has had a variety of different types since the early 1800’s when it originated in Louisiana.
You may see a mix of any meats in it — chicken, crab, oysters, sausage, shrimp, ham, bacon, or beef. A variety of vegetables are also used.
Another main difference you’ll see is some gumbo recipes, some cooks use filé and others use dried okra to thicken the soup.
It’s believed that filé was originally only used when okra was not in season, however, many use this as a regular ingredient in their gumbo.
Ingredients for Double-Roux Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
- Andouille Sausage (or similar)
- Small Shrimp
- Vegetable Oil
- Okra (Can be frozen if not found fresh.)
- Green Bell Pepper
- Chicken Broth
- Creole Seasoning
- Cayenne Pepper
- Bay Leaves
- Gumbo Filé
What is gumbo filé?
Filé is a spicy herb made of dried and ground leaves from sassafras trees. It’s used in gumbo as a thickener, to give flavor, and typically added after gumbo has cooked as the final touch.
In more recent years, browned flour has also been added to gumbo. Browned flour is achieved by making a roux of melted butter and/or oil and flour and allowing it to cook until browned.
This is another way to thicken gumbo and add a rich taste to the soup. This recipe calls for TWO roux to be made.
I recently watched an episode from season 16 Top Chef where Chef Kelsey from Alabama made a gumbo with two roux – one cooked a little longer than the other. It was so creative and sounded so delicious!
For my own gumbo I decided to up the flavor and try a double-roux too. When making a roux for gumbo it’s important to have the same amount of fat to flour ratio.
So 1 cup oil or butter to 1 cup flour.
The two roux in this recipe are vegetable oil and flour cooked until they are a milk chocolate brown color, and the other is butter with flour cooked until it is a rich caramel hue.
With so many different versions and varieties, I came up with my own gumbo recipe that I knew my family would like. And don’t forget the cheddar bay biscuits!
Looking for a side to go with gumbo?
I’m very partial to cornbread with gumbo and The Food Charlatan’s sweet and moist honey cornbread is my favorite! The honey caramelizes in the cast-iron skillet and almost has a caramel flavor.
You must try the recipe, and if you do, follow the directions exactly. It turns out so darn delicious! (You can see cubes of the honey cornbread in all of my photos.)
Try these other great soups and stews!
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
- Garlic Bread Soup
- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Lobster Bisque